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Thursday, May 10, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 2 out of 5 stars for Flu by Wayne Simmons @TantorAudio

SERIES: Flu, Book #1
AUTHOR: Wayne Simmons
NARRATOR: Michael Kramer
PUBLISHER: Tantor Media
PUBLICATION DATE: September 18, 2012 (first published 2010)
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 7 hrs and 52 mins
GENRE: Horror, Science Fiction/Post-Apocalyptic
ISBN: 9781452639390
There's a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue. But such simple measures won't stop this flu. Because when you catch the flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone. When you catch this flu, it kills you in days. And when you catch this flu, two hours after it's killed you, your eyelids snap open again . . . Flu is a pacey, terrifying, frighteningly real zombie horror story.

I love a good zombie tale and, when I saw this cover, it sucked me in because it looked like a scary read. I bought both books in this series because I loved the covers! Unfortunately, I didn't love this book as much as I loved the cover.

The prologue started off great, although I was hungry for more detail including where the virus came from. The setting is in Northern Ireland, and it describes what led to the state that everything was currently in. It started off with an increased amount of absences from work, and the hospitals became overrun with patients who were sick with the flu...only it wasn't just the flu. After death, the person reanimated but wasn't the same. The ones who were well were scared at what was happening, so they tried to leave but the airports shut down and didn't allow any flights into or out of the country. Martial law took effect, and those in charge dealt with the illness by quarantining the afflicted in their homes in an effort to halt the spread. Essentially, the doors and windows were barricaded so that they couldn't get out. The prologue describes how Sergeant George Kelly and his partner, Norman Coulter, had to make their way through a throng of angry people in the streets to a home in Finaghy where a young girl, only about six years old, was sick. George couldn't bear to barricade the little girl into the house alone, so he sealed her mother in there with her...knowing that he was sealing the mother's fate who hadn't yet become ill.

After that prologue, I was totally pumped to read more, but the rest of the book just fizzled out for me. The main story picks up six weeks later, and it did not have the same momentum as the prologue and was very forgettable. In fact, while I'm writing this review, I am having trouble recalling what happened in the rest of the book! While I do already own the sequel, Fever, I don't think I will be listening to it anytime soon. However, I know I will listen to it eventually because I already paid for it.

Had I been reading the book versus listening, I probably would have given up on the book. The narrator Michael Kramer was good and kept me listening. Here is a sample of the narration:


2 stars!! Meh, it was just "okay."

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